Colonial Rock Cookies

Allan Penn


  • large eggs, separated
  • 11 Tablespoons  unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 Cup  granulated sugar
  • 3/4 Teaspoons  salt
  • 1 Teaspoon  vanilla extract
  • 3/4 Teaspoons  baking soda
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon  water
  • 2 Cups  all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 Cup  walnuts, toasted and chopped
  • 3/4 Cups  dried cranberries
  • 1/2 Tablespoon  white chocolate chips

In honor of the day the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock, here’s a rock-shaped cookie stuffed with cranberries, walnuts, and white chips. The fun part is cramming the "rocks" with add-ins, so consider my combination a suggestion and use your favorite nuts, dried fruit, and chips.


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and place a rack in the center. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or nonstick foil.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment or in a large mixing bowl, using a handheld electric mixer, beat the egg whites on high speed until stiff peaks form. Transfer the whipped whites to a separate bowl to wait. Add the butter, sugar, salt, and vanilla to the mixing bowl and beat on medium-high until creamy. Beat in the egg yolks, scraping the sides of the bowl once or twice. Mix the baking soda and water together to dissolve the baking soda, then add to the batter. Fold in the whipped egg whites, then stir in the flour. The dough will be thick. Stir in the walnuts, cranberries, and white chips.

Drop rounded tablespoonfuls of dough into large rounds about 1½ inches in diameter, about 2½ inches apart, on the prepared baking sheets. Bake 1 sheet at a time for 10 minutes, or until the edges are browned and the cookies appear set. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely.



Baker’s Notes: The method of folding egg whites into cookie dough is one you don’t see very often these days, but it gives the cookies an interesting sturdy-yet-somehow-light (despite the name) texture.


Calories per serving:

369 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Potassium, Kidney Friendly, Peanut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 256g 394%
  • Carbs 496g 165%
  • Saturated 96g 478%
  • Fiber 24g 96%
  • Trans 5g
  • Sugars 269g
  • Monounsaturated 53g
  • Polyunsaturated 91g
  • Protein 67g 134%
  • Cholesterol 709mg 236%
  • Sodium 2,867mg 119%
  • Calcium 325mg 32%
  • Magnesium 353mg 88%
  • Potassium 1,264mg 36%
  • Iron 19mg 107%
  • Zinc 9mg 58%
  • Phosphorus 1,120mg 160%
  • Vitamin A 1,230µg 137%
  • Vitamin C 3mg 4%
  • Thiamin (B1) 3mg 174%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 2mg 121%
  • Niacin (B3) 18mg 89%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 63%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 681µg 170%
  • Vitamin B12 1µg 19%
  • Vitamin D 4µg 1%
  • Vitamin E 7mg 37%
  • Vitamin K 20µg 25%
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